Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2010–2011

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

Raison d’être

DFAIT is responsible for the conduct of Canada’s international affairs, including international trade and commerce.

The department:

  • advances Canada’s interests internationally;
  • shapes Canada’s responses to international issues and events;
  • manages bilateral and multilateral relationships;
  • delivers programs worldwide;
  • provides commercial, consular and passport services to Canadians at home and abroad; and
  • manages Canada’s global network of missions in 106 countries, which serves as the Government of Canada’s international platform.


The department’s mandate is set out in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act and can be summarized as follows:

  • conduct all official diplomatic communications and negotiations between the Government of Canada and other countries and international organizations;
  • coordinate Canada’s economic relations and promote Canadian international trade and commerce; and
  • manage Canada’s diplomatic and consular missions and services abroad, including the administration of the Canadian Foreign Service.

To protect Canadians and advance Canada’s priorities and interests abroad, the department:

  • delivers programs in support of peace and security, democracy, human rights and the rule of law; and
  • provides whole–of–government coordination in response to international crises and natural disasters abroad.

DFAIT generates international opportunities for Canadian business by:

  • negotiating agreements to open and expand markets;
  • facilitating two–way trade and investment; and
  • encouraging innovation through international science and technology partnerships.

For more information on DFAIT’s expenditure profile, please refer to DFAIT 2010–2011 Departmental Performance Report Section I: Organizational Overview.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the
Year Ending March 31, 2011*
(in thousands of dollars)
* Includes Passport Canada and excludes Export Development Canada (EDC).
** Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.
1 While preparing the 2011-12 report, a classification error was noted between Travel – Non-Public Servants and International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff. International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff did not include the Ministers’ Staff.
Travel – Public Servants$80,673.7
Travel – Non–Public Servants1$12,110.6
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff**1$489.0
Total Travel$93,273.3
Conference Fees$2,210.7